Following recent developments with the Brexit discussions, we know there is increased uncertainty and heightened concerns about what the future might hold in our communities. Even within our own community there is difference of opinion on this matter. Regardless of whether you voted leave or remain, people are passionate about this issue and the strength of feeling has continued to build since the referendum. At times like this it is very easy to become fearful about what happens next and how things may develop; it is easy to become intolerant of the ‘other’ but hope lies in our capacity to approach Brexit with optimism, in a spirit of openness towards each other.
Let us remember Britain is a diverse and welcoming country, and historically has dealt with democratic processes and challenges well. It is vital that we continue to come together as a community and understand our role as citizens of the UK. While there is uncertainty, much has not changed. Our faith in democracy continues and through the important networks we have, whether that be our family, friends or mosque we have a duty to support each other.’
I have absolute confidence that hope, optimism, shared values and a commitment to one another will help heal our hearts, and bridge gaps in our homes, neighbourhoods and the country.’